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Q: Thank you for your reply regarding my question on what to watch for in terms of a return to paying dividends by these two companies. There does not appear be a "Cash Flow" or "Free Cash Flow" item among the Key Data status provided for these companies. I do see a Price to Cash Flow and Price to Free Cash Flow but I'm not sure how to interpret these data points in terms of continued paying a dividend or, in the case these companies, a return to paying dividends. If Cash Flow is a key to payment of dividends is there any chance Cash Flow can be added to the data to all those dividend paying companies listed?

Asked by Phil on June 18, 2021
5i Research Answer:

We can discuss this with our data provider, but there can be different interpretations of cash flow. We like to look at operating cash flow, and this is available in company financial statements (their websites or at sedar.com). Comparing cash flow to debt can also be instructive as per a company's ability to pay dividends. On our 'company' pages, in the news and media section, some of this information is quickly provided (i.e. for SGY go to the 1Q press release).